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July 4, 2020
Adventures in Learning to Longarm Quilt from Gwen's Quilts

It has been a few weeks since we visited with Diane and the HQ Stitch blog. We are following my friend, Diane’s adventures in learning to longarm quilt on her new HQ Capri. If you haven’t read the prior posts you can catch up here. Look on the right side and you will see Previous Blog Posts. We started back on April 11, 2020 with the post titled Getting Started with Longarm Quilting.

Diane has come along way in her quest. She overcame her fear and she has experimented with many types of quilting. She’s gotten familiar ...

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Adventures in Learning to Longarm Quilt from Essie's Quilts

It has been a few weeks since we visited with Diane and the HQ Stitch blog. We are following my friend, Diane’s adventures in learning to longarm quilt on her new HQ Capri. If you haven’t read the prior posts you can catch up here. Look on the right side and you will see Previous Blog Posts. We started back on April 11, 2020 with the post titled Getting Started with Longarm Quilting.

Diane has come along way in her quest. She overcame her fear and she has experimented with many types of quilting. She’s gotten familiar ...

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June 26, 2020
Shop @ Home LIVE from Gwen's Quilts

Shop @ Home Live!  If you’re on Facebook you probably already know about this fun new event that Handi Quilter hosts on our Facebook page each week.

If not, I’m gonna get you up to speed!

It happens every Tuesday at 2p Eastern, 1p Central, Noon Mountain, and 11a Pacific time.

It is on our Facebook fan page. Facebook.com/handiquilter

It’s a LIVE video filled with quilting tips and education. You can ask questions in the comments. Some questions are answered LIVE on the air and others are answered in the comments.

There are chances to win ...

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Shop @ Home LIVE from Essie's Quilts

Shop @ Home Live!  If you’re on Facebook you probably already know about this fun new event that Handi Quilter hosts on our Facebook page each week.

If not, I’m gonna get you up to speed!

It happens every Tuesday at 2p Eastern, 1p Central, Noon Mountain, and 11a Pacific time.

It is on our Facebook fan page. Facebook.com/handiquilter

It’s a LIVE video filled with quilting tips and education. You can ask questions in the comments. Some questions are answered LIVE on the air and others are answered in the comments.

There are chances to win ...

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June 19, 2020
And I Quilt Celebrity Catherine Aitken from Essie's Quilts

Have you seen Catherine Aitken’s And I Quilt video? You don’t want to miss the beautiful scenes and quilty inspiration of her video. And I Quilt Celebrity, Catherine Aitken is a wildlife photographer, a retired business professional, and she QUILTS! She joins us here on the Handi Quilter blog with a lovely guest post about her quilting inspirations and lessons.

Catherine Aitken - And I Quilt

Here’s Catherine

As I was working on the piece I’m about to tell you about, I realized just how collaborative quilting is for me, even if I’m working on my own.

When I first started ...

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And I Quilt Celebrity Catherine Aitken from Gwen's Quilts

Have you seen Catherine Aitken’s And I Quilt video? You don’t want to miss the beautiful scenes and quilty inspiration of her video. And I Quilt Celebrity, Catherine Aitken is a wildlife photographer, a retired business professional, and she QUILTS! She joins us here on the Handi Quilter blog with a lovely guest post about her quilting inspirations and lessons.

Catherine Aitken - And I Quilt

Here’s Catherine

As I was working on the piece I’m about to tell you about, I realized just how collaborative quilting is for me, even if I’m working on my own.

When I first started ...

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June 16, 2020
How to Prepare Your Quilt Backing, Batting and Basting – Optical Illusion Quilt Along Part 4 from Christa Quilts

Welcome to Part 4 of the Optical Illusion Quilt Along! You’ve made it through the piecing, so congratulations! Now we come to what may not be your favorite part of the process: prepping the backing and batting, and basting the layers together in preparation for quilting.

Above is one of the alternate colorways for Optical Illusion. You can make something similar with red, light blue, and white fabric from my online shop.

But if you’ll let me guide you through the next steps, I’ll share some tips to make it less painful and move you along to ...

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June 10, 2020
How to Sew Optical Illusion Quilt Top – Quilt Along Part 3 from Christa Quilts

Welcome to Part 3 of the Optical Illusion Quilt Along! I hope you are enjoying your fabric choices and feel confident in your cutting and sewing skills. Now I’m excited for you to start sewing the quilt top. It’s easy and fun!

Do you need a kit? The black, white and gray version is still available!
(Pattern is included with the kit.)
Do you need the pattern?
Get the paper pattern. 
Get the pattern instantly as a pdf.

If you haven’t already, please go through your pattern and highlight or circle the number of units to make ...

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May 21, 2020
Machine Quilting 101 from Essie's Quilts

The adventure continues!  Diane continues to quilt and learn and has some questions for Mary Beth. Read some of the previous blog posts to learn about Diane Harris and her adventures in learning machine quilting on her new Handi Quilter Capri with the help of Mary Beth Krapil.

By Diane Harris, HQ Stitch Brand Ambassador

HQ Stitch Diane Harris Machine Quilting 101

and

Mary Beth Krapil, Handi Quilter National Educator

 

Diane: I started machine quilting an old UFO this week, and because I’m not experienced, I had questions right away. Mary Beth is a seasoned longarm quilting pro and is always just a text away. I ...

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Machine Quilting 101 from Gwen's Quilts

The adventure continues!  Diane continues to quilt and learn and has some questions for Mary Beth. Read some of the previous blog posts to learn about Diane Harris and her adventures in learning machine quilting on her new Handi Quilter Capri with the help of Mary Beth Krapil.

By Diane Harris, HQ Stitch Brand Ambassador

HQ Stitch Diane Harris Machine Quilting 101

and

Mary Beth Krapil, Handi Quilter National Educator

 

Diane: I started machine quilting an old UFO this week, and because I’m not experienced, I had questions right away. Mary Beth is a seasoned longarm quilting pro and is always just a text away. I ...

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May 20, 2020
Quilting tip: batch piecing from The Crafty Quilter

I’m constantly hearing (and saying) that there’s too many projects and not enough time to complete them all. I love efficiency in quilting, so my quilting tip for you today is batch piecing. You probably already do this, but I thought it deserved a mention.

Quilting Tip:  Batch piecing @ The Crafty Quilter.  Julie shows you how this can make your quilts come together so much faster and efficiently!

Batch piecing

We all want to make the most of our time when we’re quilting or sewing. The faster we are, the more projects we can make! As I started a new wall hanging project last weekend, I realized I was prepping and gathering as many pieces of the pattern as possible ...

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May 4, 2020
Designer Tips and Techniques Virtual Show from Quilting Affection


This week the Designers Virtual Trunk show is back at again on Facebook. Starting on Tuesday, May 5th through Saturday, May 9th, from 12 pm to 8 pm, every hour on the hour, designers will be presenting a 15 minute Facebook Live on their favorite quilting/stitching tips and or techniques. Also, for those of you that love Instagram, the designers will be going live on Instagram starting from 12:30 pm to 8:30pm.   

On Friday, May 8th, I will be showing how to use the Sue Pelland Designs Leaves Galore for the left-handed cutter.  I hope to see ...

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May 1, 2020
Quilt Scrappy from Moda Lissa

Machine quilting is MAGIC, right?

What really is the hardest decision in the quilt making process is how to quilt it. Finding a quilter that can work their magic takes some time. Several of the quilts in Sisterhood of Scraps were quilted by Maggi Honeyman, so I asked her to do a post about how she goes through the process of quilting scrappy quilts.

 

When Lissa asked me to write a post about quilting scrappy quilts, I knew it was a subject that is right up my alley.  My quilt-making journey has been about scrappy quilts from the beginning.   The ...

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April 22, 2020
Quick seam ripper technique and video from The Crafty Quilter

Today I’m going to show you a quick seam ripper technique that will change your life (in a sewing kind of way). If you haven’t seen this technique before, you’re going to be amazed. I’ve been using it for about four years now and it takes the grimace out of un-sewing.

Quick & easy way to use a seam ripper includes a 2-minute video by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.

I made a short, 2-minute video so you can see it in action. I have to warn you, making my own videos is new to me. I didn’t have my phone oriented the right way, and I’m just learning to use my video ...

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April 10, 2020
Working at home? from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

When my son informed me three weeks ago he'd be working from home temporarily, I jokingly quipped "me, too!"  Little did I suspect that situation wasn't going to change for weeks.
My children's librarian daughter is working from home -- hard to be a public librarian without a public -- and learning how to connect via the web in more ways.
So the challenge all around is to stay well and stay busy and stay cheerful.
Very challenging goals!!

In this part of the world, it helps that spring continues to progress and thus far it's been quite ...

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March 18, 2020
Best Sewing Pins for Quilting from Farm Road Ramblings





Are you a pinner like me? I find that when I pin, I get better results and have fewer
seams to rip out. And I like really good quality pins, since cheaper ones are often dull 
and not as smooth. Since many of you are pinners like me, I thought you might like
a comparison of some of the most popular pins for quilt-piecing.

Below are four different pins - three Clover brand, and one Tulip.  Here are the pros
and cons of each:  

https://www.etsy.com/listing/762858748/clover-quilting-pins-glass-head-sewing?ref=shop_home_active_9

CLOVER GLASS HEAD PINS #2509
These pins are thin and strong; great for quilt-piecing
Stats: .5mm thick ...

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December 1, 2019
Try Big Stitch Hand Quilting with Corey Yoder from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

We’re back in the studio with Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts to learn how she hand quilts! Corey grew up helping her mother and grandmother hand quilt their quilts since she was four years old. Corey uses a Big Stitch Hand Quilting technique designed to quilt easily and make a statement at the same time. We have a video tutorial so you can quilt right along with us!

For the pillow, all you’ll need is a 12” pillow form, a mini charm pack, an 8.5” square of fabric for the center, 1⁄2 yard of fabric for ...

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October 28, 2019
~ Playtime and Rotary Cutting Tips ~ from Podunk Pretties

Do you remember this cute little bundle?  This bundle of  Flower Sugar Rose Kiss by Lecien was curated by Pat at CottageCoutureFabrics on Etsy.  It's been next on my cutting table for months.  I can't tell you how excited I am to finally be working with these darling prints.  


After pressing each fat quarter I had to lay them all out for the full effect....GLORIOUS!


Then it was off to the cutting table where I noticed an issue(below).  Can you see the waves in the fabric?  That's not a fabric error, it's a pressing ...

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October 24, 2019
Why and How to Press Fabric the Right Way from Quilter's Review

When you’re really excited about a new sewing or quilting project, it’s tempting to skip the pressing step and get straight to sewing. We’ve all been in this position. But trust me when I say that it’s worth taking the time to properly press your fabric. Why? Because your project will look more professional. Just […]

The post Why and How to Press Fabric the Right Way appeared first on Quilter's Review.

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October 16, 2019
Quilt Batting: How to choose the best one? from Sewing Under the Little Mushroom Cap

Ever thought about which quilt batting is best for your quilt? You have a quilt top done, and just before we get to quilt it, we need to make a quilt sandwich, and then the batting comes to mind. Which one should you use? 

How do you choose the correct and best quilt batting? 

In this post we’ll discuss different types of batting and I’ll give you some suggestions to which quilt batting you should use.

How to Choose Quilt Batting

Questions to ask when choosing a batting:

  • What is the style of the quilt
  • What is the ...

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